Thursday 13 June 2024

The hawks at Muncaster Castle.

Not far from Ravenglass is Muncaster Castle. This has been the home of the Pennington Family for over 800 years. I was given a site plan upon entry, and noticed that the World of Owls was due to give a display at 11.30am in the Hawk and Owl Centre. Lucky me, it was starting in five minutes. 
It's a small amphitheatre set on a slope, behind the pens. Dotted around are tree stumps of various heights. We were warned to duck because they fly pretty low. The young lady who did the presentation was extremely good at her job. She gave us a lot of information about the birds. Her four helpers assisted by encouraging them to fly from post to post. 

Trying to photograph them in flight was a bit hit and miss. Their wings wafted the top of my head. The school kids thought it was hilarious. 

Here comes another one. 

I had a quick look inside the castle but didn't take any photo's, and filming wasn't allowed. I didn't take any of the outside either. It was such a lovely day I decided to take a walk around the extensive gardens. From the castle I took the path along the terrace, to the Worlds End Summerhouse. 
This is Mary Braggs Summerhouse. 

The Worlds End Summerhouse.

Perfect place to sit and admire the views. 

A look at the church to finish off the visit. 

So where to next. After a bite to eat back at the car, it was time to move on. Up the coast road heading for St Bees. More pics to come, 
Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona


  1. I've been really enjoying following your trip around, and those owls (to me) would have to be the icing on the cake (should I mention I love owls?).

    1. The owls were a bonus for me. I haven't seen them fly so low over the heads of humans before. They were amazingly tame, and responded well to the morsels of food to encourage their movements from pole to pole. I was dead impressed when they knew exactly where to go when it was time to return to their aviary. Thank you for your comment.


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